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How To Get Ripped Like Tom Hardy, Hollywood’s Best Big-Screen Warrior
If there’s one thing actor Tom Hardy does well, it’s go to war — or, at least, acting like he’s going to war. From his role as Twombly in "Black Hawk Down" to his upcoming performances in “Dunkirk” and Navy SEAL TV series “War Party,” Hardy’s put himself through the ringer to accurately capture what it's like to throw yourself headfirst into battle.
But it’s not just his acting chops that leave moviegoers in awe of his warrior roles on the silver screen: for most of his roles, Hardy gets jacked AF. Between playing Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Max Rockatansky in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Twombly in “Black Hawk Down,” it’s obvious that Hardy knows what he’s doing in the gym.
But he really outdid himself in preparing for the 2011 movie “Warrior,” a story about two estranged brothers who enter into a mixed-martial arts tournament that forces them to confront each other and their own demons. And it clearly takes a lot of strength to sell a performance like that.
To reach peak chiseled macho man shape, Hardy took on an insane workout regimen focusing heavily on core and upper body strength. It’s a workout so intense that it can take your dad bod and transform it into a mad, bad bod.
When Hardy auditioned for the movie back in 2009, he weighed 162 pounds, but in order to sell the character as an MMA fighter, he needed to bulk up by 30 more pounds.
“The hardest part about the training was not having enough time,” fight coordinator J.J. Perry said.
Hardy’s workout regimen was rigorous, including two hours a day boxing, two hours a day learning Muay Thai, two hours doing choreography, topped off with two hours a day doing high intensity weightlifting.
In all, Hardy went through an intensive 10-week training program with a high protein diet.
“We were eating chicken and broccoli all day, nothing else,” Hardy said. “It was horrible.”
So if you have eight hours a day to kill and enjoy a chicken and broccoli diet, you too could have Tom Hardy’s “Warrior” physique. For the enterprising, Hardy’s chest and back workout alone sounds intense. Add 100 press ups to 10 dips, and then throw in 10 bridges. You can then take the count down to seven, and then five, and then three. For the full circuit check out Men’s Health.
A Minnesota Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three Guardsmen aboard crashed south of St. Cloud on Thursday, said National Guard spokeswoman Army Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens.
At this time, the National Guard is not releasing any information about the status of the three people aboard the helicopter, Heusdens told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
The Pentagon's latest attempt to twist itself in knots to deny that it is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East has a big caveat.
Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.
The Navy could deploy a second carrier to the Middle East if Trump orders an Iran surge, top admiral says
The Navy could send a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East if President Donald Trump orders a surge of forces to the region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.
Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported the United States is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to deter Iran from attacking U.S. forces and regional allies. The surge forces could include several ships.
I didn't think a movie about World War I would, or even could, remind me of Afghanistan.
Somehow 1917 did, and that's probably the highest praise I can give Sam Mendes' newest war drama: It took a century-old conflict and made it relatable.
An internal investigation spurred by a nude photo scandal shows just how deep sexism runs in the Marine Corps
"I will still have to work harder to get the perception away from peers and seniors that women can't do the job."
Some years ago, a 20-year-old female Marine, a military police officer, was working at a guard shack screening service members and civilians before they entered the base. As a lance corporal, she was new to the job and the duty station, her first in the Marine Corps.
At some point during her shift, a male sergeant on duty drove up. Get in the car, he said, the platoon sergeant needs to see you. She opened the door and got in, believing she was headed to see the enlisted supervisor of her platoon.
Instead, the sergeant drove her to a dark, wooded area on base. It was deserted, no other Marines were around. "Hey, I want a blowjob," the sergeant told her.
"What am I supposed, what do you do as a lance corporal?" she would later recall. "I'm 20 years old ... I'm new at this. You're the only leadership I've ever known, and this is what happens."
She looked at him, then got out of the car and walked away. The sergeant drove up next to her and tried to play it off as a prank. "I'm just fucking with you," he said. "It's not a big deal."
It was one story among hundreds of others shared by Marines for a study initiated in July 2017 by the Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). Finalized in March 2018, the center's report was quietly published to its website in September 2019 with little fanfare.
The culture of the Marine Corps is ripe for analysis. A 2015 Rand Corporation study found that women felt far more isolated among men in the Corps, while the Pentagon's Office of People Analytics noted in 2018 that female Marines rated hostility toward them as "significantly higher" than their male counterparts.
But the center's report, Marines' Perspectives on Various Aspects of Marine Corps Organizational Culture, offers a proverbial wakeup call to leaders, particularly when paired alongside previous studies, since it was commissioned by the Marine Corps itself in the wake of a nude photo sharing scandal that rocked the service in 2017.
The scandal, researchers found, was merely a symptom of a much larger problem.